from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A broad, flat muscle of the calf of the leg, situated under the gastrocnemius.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A broad, flat muscle that extends behind the gastrocnemius along the back of the calf

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A broad flat muscle of the calf of the leg, situated immediately in front of (deeper than) the gastrocnemius.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a broad flat muscle in the calf of the leg under the gastrocnemius muscle


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, from Latin solea, sandal; see sole1.


  • My right peroneus muscle, a muscle that sounds like a villain in a Shakespearian play, and possibly the soleus are strained and possibly torn.

    Janet Turley: New York City Marathon Training: Stop Breakin' Down

  • Here's my one caveat, though: You can expect your calf muscles to scream at you for a while--specifically, the soleus.

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  • You have your quad, your hamstrings and your calves and your soleus.

    CNN Transcript Aug 3, 2002

  • The soleus, so named from resembling a sole-fish, is a muscle of broad, flattened shape, lying beneath the gastrocnemius.

    A Practical Physiology

  • If the model be directed to stand on tiptoe, both of the large muscles of the calf, the _gastrocnemius_ and _soleus_, can be distinguished.

    A Practical Physiology

  • On the back of the leg the most important muscles, forming what is known as the calf, are the gastrocnemius and the soleus.

    A Practical Physiology

  • The fine, swelling gastroenemius and soleus muscles characterize the highest races, and are most remote from the slender shanks of the monkeys.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883

  • The two large muscles, (gastrocnemius and soleus,) forming the calf of the leg, have to be removed together with the deep fascia in order to expose the posterior tibial, and peronaeal vessels and nerves.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • The origins of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles require to be detached from the tibia, and then the knee is to be flexed and the foot extended, so as to allow these muscles to be retracted from the plane of the vessels.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • The posterior tibial artery appearing from beneath the soleus muscle in the lower part of the leg.

    Surgical Anatomy


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